Also on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

11/22/2009 Posted by Admin

By Christopher Smith

"Farscape: Complete Series” is now available. It's a massive collection that includes all 88 episodes on 25 discs. Ben Browder is John Crichton, who leads the crew of the Moya on a sci-fi journey into the unknown. Aliens abound. Above-average special effects and action mark the series, as does its off-beat sense of humor. Included are interviews with the cast and crew, featurettes and commentaries, 90 minutes of deleted scenes, and the documentaries “In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson” and the inspired “Making of a Space Opera.” From the creators of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which alone should sell it.

The first season of the “The Sopranos” is out on Blu-ray, where in high-definition, it looks smashing--perfect given the violence of its content. Three additional titles are recommended, beginning with “The Untouchables: Season Three, Vol. Two,” with Robert Stack as Eliot Ness, who in 1920s Chicago took on Al Capone and company in a series that understood noir and used its elements to nice effect. The molls, the gun battles, the questionable happenings stirring within the shadows--it’s all here, with Stack anchoring it with authority.

Also available is the ninth season of the military crime drama “Jag,” with David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, and the complete series of the rousing HBO drama, “Rome,” which is available on standard DVD and on Blu-ray disc. For family entertainment, the ninth season of “7th Heaven” has settled upon Earth, not that anyone should expect lightning to strike with its presence on the scene. This hollow, soapy confection follows the highs and lows (mostly the lows) of the Camden clan, whose canned lives are explored with lots of life lessons, plenty of tears, a good dose of struggle--all of it strained through cheese cloth.

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